It starts with a basic premise of 4 directors getting together on a journey, each conjuring a short movie on the common theme of death. Each director has his/her own way of story telling and in the course of the movie, the viewer learns that they have something in common. Following the law of suspense and thriller genre, Srijit gives the viewer a bone to chew on and as the story progresses, he keeps on adding meat to it. Revealing more after this will be a crime so I shall stop here.
Performance wise, Chiranjeet and Parambrata are revelations. Once a darling of masses (read Gram Gonja), Chiranjeet plays himself and gels into the character effortlessly. His portrayal of a has-been actor as well as a failure in life, for his son and himself is truly commendable. Parambrata gets to play the role of his life and he does it with panache. Gautam Ghose plays the perfect folly to Chiranjeet and Aparna Sen does justice to her character. But the scene stealer is Kaushik Ganguly. In a minuscule role, (if I am permitted to say so !), he’s simply breathtaking, a Taroka !! More power to this wonderful actor. Barun Chanda plays an interesting role in this act of four. The assorted characters bring more color to the plate, particularly Payel Sarkar and Koneeka.
Some years ago, I saw a play called CheckMate and totally loved it. An ailing and old Byomkesh Bakshi tries to resolve a murder mystery, while battling his inner demons. As a viewer, Chotushkone s’ fusion of different colors, constantly reminded me of CheckMate. I recently came to know that CheckMate was Srijit Mukherjee’s creation. Here again, technically, Srijit Mukherjee plays his cards very well. Scenes are shot brilliantly. The play of lights, in each of the short story is simply outstanding. B/W, Red, Blue and finally Sepia tells the viewer the emotion of the story teller, in this case the individual directors. Well written dialogues add fun to the script. Music is exceptional, particularly Boba Tunnel and Bawshanto aeshe geche. Cinematography and edits are top notch.
As I finish writing these few lines, I realise that I ended up writing a fan boy review rather than an criticising piece of film bashing. Well, that’s the power of movie making. As you get into the finer points of the movie, you start to get into the character’s layers, their skins and the director’s head. And then everything becomes a blur.
Ma hariye gele Ma pawa jaye re, Cinema hariye gele, aar pawa jayena re Pagla !!!!
The Cinemawala Rating: 4/5